Rom-coms to watch for Valentine’s Day

Film critic offers his suggestions for the long weekend


Lloyd Sage, Film Critic

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s more than likely that those students in a relationship this year need something to do with the pandemic and the cold keeping people indoors.

Although it may be the last thing that guys want to watch, rom-coms are the staple of the Valentine’s season and chances are your significant other will want to watch one. In the event that happens, here are six rom-coms I believe both men and women will enjoy.

“10 Things I Hate About You” PG-13 (1999)

A quintessential ‘90s teen romantic comedy, this movie is a modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

When Bianca Stratford wants to start dating, her father forbids her to do so unless her shrew of a sister, Kat (played by Julia Styles), also dates. In order to go out with Bianca, transfer student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) pays for bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out. Patrick and Kat start to grow closer through Patrick’s famous public take on “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and Kat’s creative method of getting him out of detention, resulting in Kat feeling betrayed when she finds out he was paid to date her.

Snippets of Shakespeare dialogue combined with the lively culture of the ‘90s contribute to making this a truly interesting film to watch.

“Deadpool” R (2016)

When Mercenary Wade Watts (Ryan Reynolds) is diagnosed with cancer, he leaves his fiancé, Vanessa, so she won’t have to watch him die. He embarks on a search for a cure and seeks out Ajax, an evil scientist, whose real name is Francis, that brings out mutations in people by torturing them. Wade submits to this torture in order cure his cancer, and although it gives him the superpower to grow back limbs at will, it leaves him horribly disfigured and afraid to go back to Vanessa.

Instead he goes on a murderous rampage after Francis to get him to fix his disfigurement. His rampage leads Francis to kidnap Vanessa, forcing Wade to put aside his fears of her not loving him in order to confront Francis and attempt to save her. Hilarious from start to end, this movie proved that R rated superhero movies could be good and successful.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” PG-13 (2011)

After his wife tells him she wants a divorce, Cal Weaver (played by Steve Carell) jumps out of the car and into a new life where he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a pick-up artist who helps Cal change his dull style of living. The movie also focuses on several other relationships throughout the film that eventually tie together and revolve around Cal. Outrageously funny, the film focuses on how to know what love is and the crazy, stupid, yet hilarious things we do for it.

“When Harry Met Sally” R (1989)

From the director of “The Princess Bride,” this movie follows the odd relationship of Harry and Sally, who meet when on a road trip together as they move to New York after college. After going their separate ways 24 hours later, they figure it’s the last time they will ever see each other, but chance encounters over the next few years bring them in and out of each other’s lives.

Life eventually finds them both single in their late 20s. Despite Harry’s opinion that men and women cannot be friends because of sex, the two try to just be friends. Billy Crystal is downright funny and his chemistry with Meg Ryan is palpable. Moments from “I’ll have what she’s having” to Harry’s New Year’s Eve speech make this movie a classic anyone will enjoy.

“Say Anything” PG-13 (1989)

Despite me being preferential to the main character’s name, I truly enjoy Cameron Crowe’s classic love story depicting two new high school graduates, Lloyd Dobbler and Diane Court.

Lloyd is a sweet and charming kickboxing enthusiast with no idea which direction he wants to take in life. When he falls for valedictorian Diane, he does everything he can to spend as much time with her before she goes to school in England.

When her father forces them to break up, Lloyd spirals and does everything he can to win her back including famously standing outside her window with a boombox. An iconic pop culture staple of the ‘80s, “Say Anything “is a story that women will find romantic and men can relate to.

“What If?” PG-13 (2013)

When med school dropout Wallace (played by Daniel Radcliffe) meets the perfect girl for him, Chantry, at a party, it’s to his dismay that she has a serious boyfriend. Initially willing to forget her, they continually run into each other and develop a friendship, though Wallace pines for more.

Adam Driver’s performance is hilarious as Wallace’s roommate, and the conversations between the two leads are witty and relatable. Charming and amusing, this movie will have you invested in the plot and it will certainly have you looking up how to make a fool’s gold sandwich.